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Best Time to Upgrade Landscape


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Plants thrive when installed late in the season, while summer’s hot temperatures can make it difficult for already stressed, newly installed plants to take up enough water and establish solid roots. Cooler fall weather is gentler on developing roots.

Bulbs

Bulbs are a great way to keep the color going on your property. From crocus that start blooming before the snow has melted, to tulips which bloom well into spring, bulbs can make a huge impact on the appearance of your landscape. Typically planted between September and November, they are a tough and resilient landscape plant too often neglected in commercial settings.

With a low, one-time installation cost similar to that of an annual flower rotation, most bulbs will come back stronger year after year. Some bulbs, such as Daffodils, will ‘naturalize’ a large area quickly, and in a relatively short period of time you’ll have an impressive spring flower display for a minimal investment.

Other bulbs, such as Allium bloom in summer and make a fitting addition to traditional summer annuals like Salvia or Impatiens. However you choose to use them, don’t neglect to plant a few bulbs this fall. You won’t be sorry you did.

Perennial

Per·en·ni·al: lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring:

In gardening terms, a perennial is a plant that lasts for more than 2 years. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a well-crafted perennial garden has no rival in the landscape. But why consider perennials for your landscape?

Among the many advantages perennials offer are longer bloom times, increased value, and minimal maintenance.

With careful design and planning, a perennial garden will bloom, quite literally, the entire year. Winter Hazel, Hellebore, and Camelia are a few plants that offer up fragrant blossoms during the coldest months of winter. The list of perennials that bloom during spring, summer, and fall are too numerous to mention. A well-designed landscape balances a mix of perennial flowers with seasonal annuals to create a tapestry of color throughout the year, increasing the impact of your landscape budget.

Since perennials, when planted, only increase in size from one year to the next, the initial cost of an installation is quickly offset (usually within the first season) by the fact that these amazing plants never need to be replanted.

They solidify their value by having extremely low maintenance requirements, with most requiring little more than to be cut back once a year and to be given, perhaps, a little fertilizer in the spring.

Make the most of your entry sign or leasing office landscape by adding these hard-working plants to the mix.

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